Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
Neil Diamond was a legendary "Brill Building" songwriter and he most certainly earns writer royalties on everything he's written. Those guys basically put ASCAP on the map. The only reason his songs aren't getting more film and TV placements is because his publishing company is charging exorbitant sync fees, likely because he feels his music is too "important" to be exploited.
That said, he didn't seem to have a problem with that dopey movie "Saving Silverman" using his music, in which he played himself and had several song uses.
FYI, I LOVE Neil Diamond and my comments are not meant to be derogatory.
I've always thought that bands became successful as long as they had a member who was willing to blow record executives. I assigned this duty to my bass player. I always figured he must have be bad at it (sharp teeth, poor hand technique, ugly face etc…), so I’ve always blamed him for our lack of success. Little did I know that there’s actually more to this whole music business thing.